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WINHANGANHA + Q&A A new work by award-winning poet and artist Jazz Money

2 May 2024

In the Playhouse


Australia | 2023 | English | Documentary

WINHANGANHA is a lyrical journey of archival footage and sound, poetry and original composition, told through the lens of acclaimed Wiradjuri artist, Jazz Money.

This special screening is followed by a Q&A with artist and filmmaker, Jazz Money.

WINHANGANHA (Wiradjuri language: Remember, know, think) – is a lyrical journey of archival footage and sound, poetry and original composition. It is an examination of how archives and the legacies of collection affect First Nations people and wider Australia, told through the lens of acclaimed Wiradjuri artist, Jazz Money. 

Commissioned by the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA), WINHANGANHA was born from a desire to make sense of the archival inheritances that shape our present realities. Across a two-year period working closely with the NFSA collection Jazz sifted through and reflected on the institution's extensive collections of works made by and about First Nations Australian people. 

Through film, television, audio and music recordings collected since the advent of these technologies, the film is a poem in five acts that attempts to acknowledge the horrors, joys and beauties held within the archive. The film questions power and position, story teller and the stories told. The film includes original poetry written and performed by Jazz and an original score by Filipino- Aboriginal rapper and composer DOBBY (Rhyan Clapham).

WINHANGANHA is centred upon the belief that it is our own bodies that are the truest archive of our experience, and that First Nations bodies tell a powerful story of sovereignty and resistance. And while First Nations bodies have been documented, mythologised, degraded, and catalogued and stored within the colonial gaze of archive, these bodies, these people, have danced and sung and marched and are utterly whole, beyond what can be held in these collections. The film asks how we will create new futures through that which we inherit.

WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that the following program contains images and voices of people who have died.

Presented by Sydney Opera House and National Film and Sound Archive of Australia


In creating WINHANGANHA, it was important to me that it celebrated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander protest and resistance, both to material dispossession and also in the creation of film, television and music that centres our experiences. And while protest is the turning point within the film, it is love and joy that is the overall message.

Jazz Money


A Film by Jazz Money

Original Music by DOBBY Licensed by Sony Music Publishing

Executive Producers
Patrick McIntyre
Jacqui Uhlmann
Gayle Lake

Senior Manager, Indigenous
Gillian Moody

Elena Guest

Curatorial Content Consultant
Vick Gwyn

Production Coordinator
Nathan Smith

Ashlinn Harty
Heather Gill

Licensing & Rights Clearance
Anna Yates
Bronwyn Dowdall


Jazz Money Filmmaker

Jazz Money is a Wiradjuri poet and artist based on Gadigal land, Sydney. Her practice is centred around poetics while producing works that encompass installation, digital, performance, film and print. Their writing has been widely published nationally and internationally, and performed on stages around the world.

Jazz’s first poetry collection, the best-selling how to make a basket (UQP, 2021) was the 2020 winner of the David Unaipon Award. Their second collection mark the dawn is forthcoming from UQP in August 2024. Jazz’s first feature film is WINHANGANHA (2023), commissioned by the National Film and Sound Archive.

Rhyan Clapham a.k.a. DOBBY Composer

DOBBY is a true force of nature, with his electrifying live performances leaving audiences spellbound. As a rapper, drummer, composer and producer, he brings a dynamic and powerful energy to his live shows delivering an experience like no other. Proudly identifying as a Filipino and Aboriginal musician, DOBBY's roots run deep in the Murrawarri and Ngemba lands of Weilmoringle and Brewarrina, NSW. DOBBY's music has taken him across the globe, from Germany to the UK, the USA and to the Netherlands. He has performed at some of the biggest festivals across the country, including Bluesfest and Boomerang Festival (NSW), Port Fairy Folk Festival (VIC), PARRTJIMA Festival (NT), and OzAsia Festival (SA), as well as the iconic Sydney Opera House. His talent has not gone unnoticed, and he recently shared the stage with sister BARKAA for the 2021-22 New Year's Eve Fireworks. DOBBY composed all the soundscapes for PARRTJIMA 2021 & 2022 in Alice Springs, NT, and his music was the driving force behind Australia's first 500- strong drones show, Elevate Sydney 2022 & 2023. DOBBY's music is more than just entertainment; his song 'I CAN'T BREATHE' won Best Video at the FBi SMAC Awards in 2020 and has become an anthem for Australia's Bla(c)k Lives Matter movement and used in schools to educate students on the struggles faced by marginalised communities.

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